5 reasons to get a massage

5 Reasons to get a Massage

Massage is increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.

Benefits can include:

1. Relieve Stress

Massage therapy has been shown to be a means by which stress can be reduced significantly on physical and psychological levels. While massage therapists know from experience that massage reduces stress, there is considerable research that validates this.

2. Reduce Anxiety

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has affirmed the associated benefits of massage therapy to mental health, citing several research findings of the benefits of massage therapy to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

3. Reduce muscle soreness

According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), massage acts to improve performance, reduce pain, prevent injury, encourage focus and shorten recovery time.

4. Lower Blood Pressure

According to a study on the effect of massage therapy on blood pressure by the International Journal of Preventive Medicine, the findings indicated that massage therapy was a safe, effective, applicable, and cost-effective intervention in controlling blood pressure.

5. Improve immune function

Research has shown that receiving regular massage therapy helps boost our immune system and flush toxins, increasing blood flow throughout the body. Massage increases the activity of white blood cells that help the body fight diseases and may help with reduction of cortisol.